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Principal Clinical/Forensic Psychologist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year p.a.
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Prison and Forensic
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced, highly motivated, Principal Clinical/Forensic Psychologist with a passion to deliver and develop assessment, treatment and consultation services with the Probation Service? If so, we want to hear from you!

The Principal Clinical/Forensic Psychologist role is a twofold role, providing direct and indirect clinical interventions (consultations, formulations, training and therapeutic work) as well as providing operational leadership, line management and supervision to the team. You will be joining a happy, well-established, thriving and respected team who very much value supporting each other to achieve the best possible outcomes for service-users. Ingenuity, creativity and passion for work in this area are key qualities that very much encouraged.

This is a great opportunity to develop your management and leadership skills and to contribute to service development. You will be working in conjunction with the Probation Service and the Prison Service, providing them with highly specialised consultations when required.

At Dorset HealthCare we pride ourselves on the opportunities around supervision and research projects as well as the opportunity for professional development and training

The Principal Clinical/Forensic is a full-time permanent position based in Poole. Travel will be expected as the role operates across Dorset

To complete risk assessment and formulation for individuals with complex needs and who are a high risk of harm to others and/or to self

Main duties of the job

To provide consultation and specialist formulations to Offender Managers and to the two Approved Premises in Dorset concerning offenders who have complex needs associated with personality disorder and a high risk of harm to others

To facilitate and support the delivery of the key principles of the OPD pathway working at a systems level, including HMPPS agencies and the NHS

To lead on the collection of data as KPIs identified in the commissioning arrangements and to produce and interpret commissioning reports on a quarterly basis

To provide psychological interventions to offenders on the pathway in a limited number of cases, often working in a multi-disciplinary way with occupational therapy and NPS staff

As a new employee you will be paid £6,000 Recruitment Premium on commencement of your employment and a further £8,000 Relocation Premium. Please be aware of the following conditions connected with these payments: These payments will be paid to you as long as you remain employed in this role in the Strive Service. If you voluntarily choose to leave the service or the Trust's employment before the end of two years, we will reserve the right to recover these payments directly from your salary.

In the event of either of these scenarios occurring we will of course discuss this with you and consider all of the circumstances prior to reaching any final decisions.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification Knowledge, skills and training Essential
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCP) as a Practitioner Psychologist Clinical or Forensic
  • Qualifications dependent on whether Clinical or Forensic Psychologist: Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), with specialist knowledge and application of two or more distinct psychological therapies. Accredited Master's degree in Forensic Psychology
  • To have received further specialist training in risk assessment and management including the use of complex psychometrics
  • Specialist knowledge in research and clinical/forensic psychometrics
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities, forensic, etc.)
  • Skills and experience of working with individuals with complex offending and personality presentations
  • Skills and experience of working with people with complex, severe or treatment resistant mental disorders
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment (including psychometric assessment), intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills in and experience of developing and implementing strategic service development plans.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • To be qualified as a schema therapist accredited by ISST or otherwise undertaking such training
Job specific experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of individuals who have offended and have significant mental health difficulties such as personality disorder, trauma, psychosis etc. Ideally this experience would be across the full range of care settings, including secure settings, the community, and prison.
  • Significant experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of risk assessment and management.
  • Planning and organisational skills; developing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and adapting complex strategies for service development.
  • Skills and experience in being able to formulate complex case presentations and share that formulation with other disciplines to develop overall care management packages
  • Experience of running groups, preferably with adults, covering a range of problems such as anxiety and anger management, as well as skills teaching.
  • Skills and experience of teaching, training and clinical supervision.
Information Technology Essential
  • Good knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications.
Personal qualities/attributes Essential
  • Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Able to deal calmly with difficult situations and people, e.g. verbal/physical aggression in a clinical setting
  • Ability to work supportively and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary culture.

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